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Papa Rutherford I in his titular Church
of Santa Maria Antiqua in Rome as Cardinal Deacon.

His Holiness and Eminence Archfather Papa Rutherford I (Cardinal Johnson-Ivrea-Italia-Barcelona), Servant of the Servants of Christ serves as Coadjutor of Rome and Bishop of St. Stephen in the Anglican Patriarchate, Patriarchal See of the Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church and New Roman Communion. As successor to Pope Leo X and temporal successor to St. Peter the Apostle in Italy and Britain, he is the senior ecclesiastical dynast of the Patriarchal States, the titular patrimony of the See of St. Stephen comprising the historic regions of Etruria (Tuscany), Trier, Mainz, and Würzburg in the ancient Holy Roman Empire, and is heir to the Burgundian House of Arles and the Spanish Houses of Ivrea and Barcelona in Imperial Italy as head of the P.R. Florentine House of Ivrea-Italia-Barcelona. The Leonine office is also an extension of the Petrine Office, the primacy of the Roman Pope, and shares in its authority within and regarding the jurisdiction of the Anglican Patriarchate and New Roman Communion. The Anglican Patriarchate is a non-parochial Old Roman Catholic personal patriarchate with Anglican patrimony and is the Anglican Rite of the Universal Church. The New Roman Communion comprises the Anglican Patriarchate and also the churches of other bishops of any traditional Catholic rite recognised by the Patriarchal See. The Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church is an organisation in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The Patriarchate and the Anglo-Roman Rite represent an intangible cultural heritage. As the sole successor of Pope Leo X and temporal successor of St. Peter the Apostle in Italy and Britain, the Patriarchate is fully Catholic and holds the same canonical authority as the Roman Communion (Vatican). The Patriarchate is the ecclesiastical successor to temporal Rome, the temporal patrimony of the Roman Empire claimed historically by right of the papacy. The succession passed to the Patriarchate after Benedict XVI by right of Rome and Florence, with the Archfather (Bishop of St. Stephen) with papal authority as temporal successor of St. Peter, and the Pope (Bishop of Rome) as spiritual successor of St. Peter and de facto sovereign of the Vatican City-State.

The Archfather's service in the church began as a child in the choir and as an altar server. Papa Rutherford was confirmed in the Roman Communion on the Birthday of Rome and the Feast of St. Anselmo d'Aosta, an Italian bishop born in historic family territories in Burgundy who later became Archbishop of Canterbury. In the ordained ministry, his work centres on the mission-based purpose of the Patriarchate. He was educated at the Harvard University Extension School, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, as well as Pontifical Georgian College, the princople seminary of the Anglican Patriarchate. In 2011, papa Rutherford was elected Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarch by the Patriarchal Electors. As an administrator, the Archfather works to enable and support the vocations of those who are called to the Patriarchate's unique ministry. In dedication to maintaining quality, he is diligently involved in the pastoral, theological, canonical, and liturgical training of the Patriarchate's clergy. He has also spearheaded efforts to maintain traditional liturgy in a sustainable fashion so that it may continue to enrich future generations.

The Archfather also represents the Patriarchate through diplomatic efforts with governments, ecclesiastical jurisdictions, and other organizations. Given the unique mission-oriented nature of the Stephenian Patriarchate, papa Rutherford remains highly involved with its various outreach ministries and its own and affiliated charitable organizations.

Like any priest, the Archfather's primary and most important function is the celebration of the Holy Mass. He administers the sacraments of the Church and also continues to make hospital visits and engage in pastoral counseling as needed.


Above: The Basilica of St. Peter, Vatican, with the Chair of St. Peter in Rome visible.
The Anglican Patriarchate is successor to Pope Leo X.

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Left: Conferral of First Tonsure to a new cleric. Right: Imparting the Apostolic Blessing.


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The Anglican Patriarchate (Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church) is an ecclesiastical sovereignty by right of Rome with an independent government in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Additionally, we descend from the See of Utrecht, which was granted autonomy in 1145 by Pope Eugene III and confirmed in 1520 by Pope Leo X in the Bull Debitum Pastoralis, this right becoming known as the Leonine Privilege. As the sole successor of Pope Leo X and temporal successor of St. Peter the Apostle in Italy and Britain, the Patriarchate is fully Catholic and holds the same canonical authority as the Roman Communion (Vatican). The Patriarchate is the ecclesiastical successor to temporal Rome, the temporal patrimony of the Roman Empire claimed historically by right of the papacy. The succession passed to the Patriarchate after Benedict XVI by right of Rome and Florence, with the Archfather (Bishop of St. Stephen) with papal authority as temporal successor of St. Peter, and the Pope (Bishop of Rome) as spiritual successor of St. Peter and de facto sovereign of the Vatican City-State.